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The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

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A common fertilizer can cause explosions. Uneven regulation puts people at risk.

Nearly seven years after a blast in Texas killed 15 people and injured 260, oversight of ammonium nitrate remains a patchwork and public information is scarce

A common fertilizer can cause explosions. Uneven regulation puts people at risk.
An ariel photograph showing Lake Erie coved in green algae with a boat moving through the middle.

Lake Erie turns toxic every summer. Officials aren’t cracking down on the source.

Lake Erie turns toxic every summer. Officials aren’t cracking down on the source.
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Farming’s growing problem

Farming’s growing problem
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As the world grapples with plastic, the US makes more of it — a lot more

As the world grapples with plastic, the US makes more of it — a lot more
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Elizabeth Warren decries big money in politics. Her campaign treasurer embodies it.

Elizabeth Warren decries big money in politics. Her campaign treasurer embodies it.
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Inside the long war to protect plastic

Single-use plastic is clogging oceans and landfills. The industry that makes it has waged a decades-long campaign to keep it on the market.

Inside the long war to protect plastic
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Mum’s the word: Some Democratic presidential hopefuls won’t discuss their big-dollar ‘bundlers’

Levels of campaign fundraising transparency vary greatly from candidate to candidate.

Mum’s the word: Some Democratic presidential hopefuls won’t discuss their big-dollar ‘bundlers’
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Even Republicans like this tax cut for the working poor. Why was it left out of the Trump tax law?

Reagan called Earned Income Tax Credit part of "best anti-poverty bill" ever but it was never considered in the recent tax debate

Even Republicans like this tax cut for the working poor. Why was it left out of the Trump tax law?
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Americans’ immigration emergency: Their spouses could be deported or exiled if they seek green cards

Under a 1996 law, US citizens who try to sponsor their undocumented spouses would require the spouses to endure a minimum 10-year exile from the United States. With kids in tow, US citizens are visiting Congress to plead for help.

Americans’ immigration emergency: Their spouses could be deported or exiled if they seek green cards
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Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits

"Scams" is how the president once described such groups.

Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits
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Donald Trump created a permanent presidential campaign. Here’s how.

Analysis: President Trump's re-election committee, supportive groups have already obliterated fundraising norms.

Donald Trump created a permanent presidential campaign. Here’s how.
Donald Trump stands with his hands raised at the front of the House of Representatives. Behind him, Nancy Pelosi looks on.

Commentary: Trump’s immigration blame game

Migrants have long assumed costs, risks of border crossing — but Trump’s finger pointing now adds to the burden.

Commentary: Trump’s immigration blame game
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By the numbers: A 2018 money-in-politics index

The Center for Public Integrity’s reporters crunched a lot of numbers during 2018 — a year that distinguished itself for record election spending and extreme political turbulence.

By the numbers: A 2018 money-in-politics index
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Why did Donald Trump’s national security adviser want to meet with a Ukrainian billionaire?

Ukrainian steel magnate Victor Pinchuk’s foundation had previously paid John Bolton six figures for speaking engagements.

Why did Donald Trump’s national security adviser want to meet with a Ukrainian billionaire?
A line of people sit on a panel in front of a large crowd. Behind them, the backdrop says "Russia calling!"

How a sanctioned Russian bank wooed Washington

New documents show gala invites, a charismatic CEO and high-powered lobbyists burnished the image of VTB, a state-owned Russian bank.

How a sanctioned Russian bank wooed Washington